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Could It

Do you think you might have ADHD? Does your child, sibling, or parent have it? Maybe some of the information here has you wondering, “Could it be…?” Maybe it’s time to find out.

Teen ADHD Symptoms

In the teen years, hyperactivity tends to improve; however, teens with ADHD may feel restless and be uncomfortable sitting for long periods.

Extra challenges also come in the form of:

  • Puberty (aggravating their symptoms)
  • Higher academics (putting more strain on their attention and focus)
  • An increased need for independence (triggering potentially reckless impulsivity) 

Most teens will show some of these symptoms some of the time. However, in ADHD, the symptoms are more frequent and numerous, causing problems in more than one area of a teen’s life (e.g., at home, in school, at work, and/or socially).

Other Symptoms of ADHD in Teens can include:

  • Appearing lazy/unmotivated, increased complaints of boredom
  • Struggles with organization
  • Poor time management and study habits
  • Difficulty planning/prioritizing class projects – easily overwhelmed by tasks
  • Master of procrastination – assignments/studying always put off to the last possible moment
  • Hard time concentrating on schoolwork, easily distracted, mind wanders (but may do well with video games, which offer immediate rewards)
  • Forgetful, difficulty with memory – often late handing in assignments
  • Can’t keep track while reading, skips around or goes right to the end
  • Especially difficult to keep their emotions in check
  • Escalated conflict with parents, mood changes, quick temper
  • Impulsivity leading to increased risky behaviours, such as
    • Early use of alcohol and drugs
    • Lying
    • Stealing
    • Having unprotected sex
  • Driving accidents
  • Trouble keeping/maintaining relationships